"White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki"

Published Robbie - Thu, 08/02/2012 - 6:11pm

The CMC presents “White Light, Black Rain” on Monday, August 6th at 7pm at the CMC. This event is in remembrance of the August 6th, 1945 U.S. bombing of Hiroshima.

As global tensions rise, the unthinkable now seems possible. The nuclear threat has become real and frightening. “White Light, Black Rain,” by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Okazaki, presents a unblinking look at the first time nuclear weapons were used in war.

After 60 years, the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to inspire argument, denial and myth. Surprisingly, most people know little about what happened on August 6 and 9, 1945, two days that changed the world. This is a comprehensive, straightforward, moving account of the bombings from the people who were there.

Featuring interviews with fourteen atomic bomb survivors (known as hibakusha), many who have never spoken publicly before, and four Americans intimately involved in the bombings, White Light/Black Rain provides a detailed examination of the bombings and their aftermath. In a succession of riveting personal accounts, the film reveals the unimaginable destructive power of the bombs, the inconceivable suffering and extraordinary human resilience. Survivors (85% of victims were civilians) not vaporized during the attacks (140,000 died in Hiroshima, 70,000 in Nagasaki) continued to suffer from burns, infection, radiation sickness and cancer (another 160,000 deaths).

With a calm frankness that makes their stories unforgettable, the survivors bear witness to the unfathomable destructive power of nuclear weapons. Their accounts are illustrated with survivor paintings and drawings, animation, historical footage and, photographs, including rare or never before seen material.

Steven Okazaki met more than 500 survivors and interviewed more than 100 before choosing the 14 people in the film. He says, "Their stories are amazing, shocking, and inspiring."


$3-5 suggested donation
Mon, 08/06/2012 - 8:00pm
$3-5 suggested donation